God has a structure for His church. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the leader, or “head of the church” (Ephesians 5:23), and has given His church a mission:Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
Gashland EPC, as part of His church, seeks to carry out this mission in the unique place and time He has placed us. The following structure falls under the leadership of Jesus Christ Himself:
God gives further direction to His leadership structure through an office in the church known as “Elder.” The elders together create a team called “The Session.” The Session is responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of the church. In the Bible, elders are specifically responsible for two items, 1) ministry of the word and 2) prayer.
There are four ministry teams that seek to oversee the ministry of the word. Those teams form the acronym, W.O.R.D., which stands for Worship, Outreach, Relationships, Discipleship. There is a fifth team, the Coordinating Team, that oversees other duties assigned to the elders by our denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, or EPC.
For more specific information on each team and their respective leaders, click on the team title below.
The Worship Team’s primary responsibility is to facilitate and implement biblically-based Christ-centered worship services focused on God’s redemptive work for sinful people thru the death and resurrection of God the Son – Jesus Christ!
Current Elder: Ritchey Cable & Mike Brink
The Relationships team initiates and oversees the various ministries that foster loving relationships among the members of GEPC. It also functions to encourage the Session and individual members to grow in relationship with one another.
Current Elders: Mark Blakley
The Coordinating Team provides oversight and facilitates the functioning of the body, members and staff, in accordance with the Holy Scriptures, the EPC Book of Order, and Book of Government through service to the glory of the Almighty God.
Current Elder: Don Vandepolder
In the book of Acts, the office of Deacon (Acts 6) falls under the umbrella of leadership of the Session. The Deacons are an office of service, and seek to manage the material items of the church as well as help in the areas of mercy and benevolence within the church and the surrounding community. The four teams listed below oversee these aspects of ministry. Finance and Property oversee the material items of the church, while Mercy and Helps serve and meet other needs.
The Mercy Team provides help and care for the sick, elderly, and those in need within Gashland Presbyterian Church as well as assist with walk in requests and catastrophic situations outside Gashland.
Current Deacons: Mary Lancaster, Pam Parker, Ishi Stackpole, Cindy Taylor
The Helps Team serves Gashland by presenting a warm welcome on Sunday mornings, as well as working with the above Session teams to help serve any ministry event needs.
Current Deacon: Teri Burgen & Paula Willis